HCDE operates four special schools—Academic and Behavior Schools East, Academic and Behavior Schools West, Highpoint School East, and Fortis Academy—serving three populations of students:
- those with severe emotional or physical disabilities;
- troubled or adjudicated youth;
- and students recovering from addiction.
The Schools Division partners with Harris County school districts to offer individualized learning through small-group instruction in highly structured classes. The goal is always for students to return to their home schools to graduate.
How can I enroll my child in an HCDE school?
Thank you for your interest in HCDE schools. Students attending our schools have been referred to us by their home districts. If you're interested in having your child attend one of our schools, please get in touch with your school district.
Who We Are
Academic and Behavior Schools (ABS) East and West provide an educational environment for those students identified as having severe behavioral difficulties, emotional difficulties, and/or developmental disabilities. The classes are specifically designed to help special education students to function successfully. Staff members at the Academic and Behavior Schools use data-driven behavior management techniques emphasizing positive reinforcement. The philosophy of the ABS program revolves around the premise that significant learning and behavioral changes may be achieved by the following:
- Appropriate educational tasks;
- Reinforcement that is meaningful to the student; and
- Student knowledge of socially acceptable, responsible behaviors.
Highpoint School, opened in 1995, gives expelled or adjudicated youth a second chance at success. Featuring individualized learning or small group instruction in highly structured classes, our schools prepare students to return to their home schools to be successful and ultimately graduate with their classmates.
The innovative Fortis Academy is the first public recovery high school for students who live in the Houston area. The school, which opened in 2018, combines coaching, counseling and academics. Services are provided in a small learning community, with a low student-to-teacher ratio and individualized learning. Students attending Fortis complete a substance abuse or dependency rehab program. They continue their high school education in a sober environment.
Schools Division Resources
2022–2023 ABS Placement Procedures
2022–2023 HCDE Special Schools Parent Student Handbook
2022–2023 Academic Calendar
Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) Resources
Student Learning Objectives (SLO) Resources
TEKS (An Online Curriculum Management System) Resource
Bullying Complaint Form
Bacterial Meningitis Flyer
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd.
Houston, TX 77022
Dr. Charles Ned
Sr. Director of Schools
Academic and Behavior Schools (ABS) East
7703 South Loop East
Houston, TX 77012
Dr. Donna Treviño-Jones
Academic and Behavior Schools (ABS) West
12772 Medfield Dr.
Houston, TX 77082
Dr. Victor Keys
11902 Spears-Gears Road
Houston, TX 77067
Highpoint School East
8003 East Sam Houston Parkway North
Houston, TX 77049
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